Since at least 1982, Johnson & Johnson has faced backlash for its popular talcum powder products including Shower-to-Shower and baby powder. Medical research has shown that prolonged contact of talcum powder with a female’s reproductive system increases the risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is also dangerous for babies and children to breathe.
Although Johnson & Johnson has consistently denied these claims, things for the corporation just became worse. In October 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that asbestos was found in Johnson’s Baby Powder Lot #22318RB. Asbestos is an extremely dangerous substance that causes many types of cancer and is mined in the same mines as talc, the main ingredient in baby powder.
Major retailers, including Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid, have stopped selling the 22-ounce bottles of this product in response to the FDA’s report.
Johnson & Johnson has tried to counter the FDA’s findings by stating that the sample tested during its investigation was contaminated. However, the government agency claims that it abided by all government testing regulations and procedures and that no cross-contamination occurred.
“Although the news is troubling for Johnson & Johnson, it is good news for consumers that have not yet been affected by the asbestos in these products,” says Attorney Gregory Bubalo of Becker Law Office. “Sadly, it won’t help those that have already developed cancer. Those who have should speak to a personal injury attorney who can help them recover compensation for expenses such as medical bills, lost income, and other losses.”
Many of these lawsuits have already been successful. In May of 2018, a plaintiff received over $25 million after a jury found that Johnson & Johnson was likely to blame for the illness the plaintiff had developed. While the company continues to deny that their product is unsafe, with so many people contracting cancer shortly after using them, this stance is becoming more difficult to maintain.